Partnership for the recovery, health and ecology of marine animals
The University of Aveiro and the Lisbon Oceanarium signed a partnership agreement on 19th August, which will be valid for one year with possibility of renewal, consolidating the cooperation that already existed previously. The document provides a framework for cooperation in the field of marine science applied to rehabilitation, health and ecology of marine animals to be develop at the Center for Research and Rehabilitation of Marine Animals (CPRAM), an integrated unit of ECOMARE-Laboratory for Innovation and Sustainability of Marine Biological Resources, under UA responsibility.
The involvement of the Lisbon Oceanarium in CPRAM activities will broaden the scope of the partnerships that make the ECOMARE possible and that have already involved the Portuguese Society of Wildlife, the Administration of the Port of Aveiro and the Municipality of Ílhavo.
The EcoMare will enclose, in addition to CPRAM, the Center for Extension and Environmental and Marine Research (CEPAM) and a library of living organisms - Marine Invertebrates and Microbial Simbiontes Library, among other facilities.
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" Deriva Litoral - the impact of coastal erosion in Portugal", a documentary co-produced and conducted by Fábrica Centro Ciência Viva and UA, will be presented in world premiere at the Film International Festival of Avanca, between July 27 and July 31. The premiere of this documentary is scheduled for July 30, at 17:00, in the Auditório Paroquial de Avanca.
This documentary is based on interviews with researchers from the University of Aveiro, and brings together a wide range of real images, places and facts accompanied by scientific explanations. This is an analysis of the agents that are at the root of the problem and an exercise of reflection on future solutions. The film had the participation of Environment and Planning Department, Civil Engineering Department, Physics Department, Geosciences Department, University of Aveiro and CESAM.
This production started from the winter 2013-2014, when the Portuguese coast was battered by heavy storms and prolonged sea waves. Coastal areas were reported for the worst reasons and, in recent years, there has been in Portugal a progressive advance of the sea, exposing the safety of people and properties - the Portuguese beaches are losing sand! For several factors. The information available did not seem to be enough for the understanding of all these phenomena. Make it better and accessible to all of us becomes essential now that scientific community debate the erosion problems and their causes.
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Biologists at the University of Aveiro participate in aerial census of cetaceans
Biologists at the University of Aveiro (UA), Department of Biology (DBIO) and the Center for Research and Rehabilitation of Marine Animals (CPRAM), participated in the cetaceans aerial census campaigns integrated in SCANS III project, held between the 6th and July 14, and attended by the biologists team of LIFE + project MarPro, coordinated by Catarina Eira, a researcher at the DBIO and CESAM, and by biologists of CPRAM-ECOMARE team.
The study area covers the entire continental shelf of the European Atlantic from the Strait of Gibraltar to Norway. Simultaneously, they are operating three ships dedicated to monitoring offshore areas and seven aircraft that will sample the area of the continental shelf. In this campaign and for the Iberian Peninsula were sampled 75 routes from the Strait of Gibraltar to the border with the South of France.
During this work 376 sightings of cetaceans groups were made, totalling 3870 individuals, with six individual sightings of common turtles.
For more information about the SCANS III, visit the official page of SCANS III project.
Air quality forecast system is now more complete
A dispersion forecasting module in the national territory of desert dust, coming from North Africa, was recently integrated in air quality forecasting system developed under a partnership between the Portuguese Environment Agency and the University of Aveiro (UA) – more precisely, the GEMAC research group of the Department of Environment and Planning. Accordingly, it is possible to make and integrate the forecasting of these natural events, so frequent in Portugal, allowing warnings to the population and avoiding health problems: http://previsao-qar.web.ua.pt/.
In addition, summer and the desired sunny days can have a drawback: the quality of the air these days is not always the best ... Nonetheless, with the help of GEMAC Group of DAO/UA, it is possible to predict the quality of the air.
The usefulness of this service, with benefits for the general population, could be of particular interest to the most sensitive groups. This is the case of children, the elderly, asthmatics and people with allergies, respiratory diseases or heart problems.
More details in: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....&lg=pt
HidroRia: an application to not run aground in the Ria de Aveiro
It is possible to accurately predict the tides of the Ria de Aveiro. Developed at the University of Aveiro to facilitate fishermen navigation, sightseeing agents or any 'sailor' the estuary, the HidroRia application allows for the first time and through a smartphone, an updated forecast of the tides in real time for the main channels of the lagoon. The new app, whose predictions are made independently without access to mobile networks, will allow to avoid the frequent strandings due to increased tidal range and siltation of few channels, including those that access to marinas and fisheries.
Developed by researchers João Miguel Dias, Ana Picado, Carina Lopes and Renato Mendes, the Center for Estuarine modeling and Coastal Department of Physics (DFIs) and CESAM, the HidroRia want to pay a service to users of the Ria de Aveiro that "face enormous difficulties of navigation through various channels of the lagoon."
The predictions made by HidroRia application are based on current observations of tide performed in several permanent sampling stations distributed across the main channels of the lagoon and whose data were collected in the Hydrodynamics Monitoring project of Ria de Aveiro running by the Port of Aveiro.
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CESAM Day 2016
CESAM Day was celebrated on 8 July with a shared lunch on the lawn space between the two DAO buildings. This year we had the presence of a Tai Chi instructor from the Confucius Institute of the UA to guide us in a 30 minute 'ZEN' session.
The event was kindly sponsored by CAVE CENTRAL DA BAIRRADA and CAFÉ DEL ART.
CESAM researchers of the Eco-hydrological Lab, published 6 papers in a special issue on fire effects on Land Degradation & Development journal (Impact Factor: 8.145):
Special Issue: Advances Towards an Integrated Assessment of Fire Effects on Soils, Vegetation and Geomorphological Processes
The 5th Plenary meeting of the CASCADE Project took place May 24-28 at the EC’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy. The meeting covered research updates from all partners, plans for integration of results, and planning for the final year. In February 2017 there will be a final meeting in Matera, Italy, to share recommendations with stakeholders and policy makers, at both local and EU levels.
CASCADE Project partners are completing experiments and modelling to obtain a better understanding of discontinuous shifts, or tipping points, in dryland ecosystems around the Mediterranean. The study sites in parts of dryland Portugal, Spain, Italy, Crete and Cyprus have been used to establish more precisely the details of changes to the soil and plant ecosystems due to forest fires, overgrazing and land abandonment.
Research results are presented on the Information System CASCADiS as they become available: http://www.cascadis-project.eu/
The Project Deliverables that have been completed may be viewed or downloaded from the project website: http://www.cascade-project.eu/index.php
The UA spin-off DNA TRUSTAG was awarded with the Seal of Excellence by the European Commission within the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (SME instrument). The seal certifies the innovative character and commercialization potential of the technology developed by the CESAM researchers Newton Gomes and Francisco Coelho, in the Laboratory for Molecular Studies of Marine Environments (LEMAM).
The technological platform of DNA TRUSTAG enables cost-effective and scalable production of unique DNA tags (impossible to forge), which generate reading signals similar to a barcoded label. The DNA tags are then used to mark and authenticate raw materials and a range of products directly in the production line. DNA TRUSTAG company was founded in January 2016 with the objective to help European and worldwide knowledge-based companies, to protect their intellectual property and fight against the attractiveness of a 'look-alike product' with a cheap price.
More details in: https://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=47188&lg=pt
Rita Bicho was awarded the Best Poster Award in Sciences for the poster:
Bicho, RC, Gonçalves, M., Amorim, MJB (2016) Development of novel tools for environmental health assessment - fast screening for long term effects.
presented at the Research Day 2016, held at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, June 15, 2016.
Rita is a PhD student at CESAM, and has been developing research in the area environmental health assessment in the Stress Biology Group (Ecotoxicogenomics Lab). She has recently published the work presented, e.g. Bicho R.C., Santos F.C.F., Goncalves M.F.M., Soares A.M.V.M., Amorim M.J.B. (2015) Enchytraeid Reproduction Test(PLUS): hatching, growth and full life cycle test-an optional multi-endpoint test with Enchytraeus crypticus. Ecotoxicology. 24, 5, 1053-1063.